Sleep Apnea Treatment
It has been estimated that 22 million American adults have some form of sleep apnea. This disorder occurs when a person is unable to get enough air during sleep because the muscles in the back of the throat are causing obstructions to the airway. Sleep apnea can often sound like loud snoring, but it has the potential to be a much more serious problem than that.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder where a person's breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. If left untreated, these disruptive breathing patterns throughout the night can lead to much more serious health problems, such as high blood pressure and heart problems, not to mention sleep that is never restful.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is underdiagnosed because many people mistake it for loud, disruptive snoring since this is its most visible symptom. However, other signs of sleep apnea include:
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Awakening with a dry mouth
- Morning headaches
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
If you notice any of these signs, or if you have seen a partner or loved one repeatedly cease breathing during sleep, give Oak Creek Dental Care a call today to go over your options and set up a consultation.
At Oak Creek Dental Care, we offer solutions for patients suffering from sleep apnea. We create custom mouthguards to help keep your airway open during sleep, so your breathing remains constant and you are able to get a restful slumber. Custom mouthguards are ideal for patients with mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. Similar in shape to a retainer or mouthguard, these oral appliances are built to shift your jaw muscles and tissue in order to prevent airway obstruction.
In some cases, surgery may be necessary to keep your airway open and unobstructed. However, this is extremely rare, and required only in the most severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea. Give us a call today at (414) 762-9010 to schedule a consultation for a diagnosis, or to discuss your symptoms with a specialist.